Woodland camping and glamping in the heart of France's national forest and right beside a beautiful lake beach
Huttopia Lac de Sillé Campsite isn’t exactly small. There are over 150 pitches in total. Yet you could be forgiven for thinking it’s almost half that size. After all it is completely dwarfed by its surroundings. The forest around spreads for over 3,500 hectares and, just a few yards away, a huge lake in the shape of a teardrop glistens in the sun. It’s creatively named ‘Le Grand Étang’, literally meaning ‘the big lake’.
Pitches vary wildly across the site. At its furthest point, where the trees are thickest, there’s a real woodland feel and tents spread among the bows with bicycles leaning idle against the trees. Closer to reception, meanwhile, the space is far more open and generally feels a bit more ‘parky’ with motorhomes and caravans in among the larger family tents. There’s an array of glamping accommodation options – in particular safari tent-style lodges in various sizes – and wooden cabins equipped with everything you could possibly.
It’s the activities that this campsite is perhaps most well known for. There’s a whole range possible around the lake, including mountain biking, watersports, swimming, climbing, zip-lines, archery, fishing, and more. Then there are the facilities specific to the campsite itself: ping-pong tables, volleyball courts and bikes available to hire. There’s an indoor area with board games and books in case it rains (though if you’ve headed here from the UK, rain probably isn’t anything to worry about).
The focus is definitely on families but if kids and noise all become a bit too much there’s a pleasant 2km walk through the woods to nearby Sillé-le-Guillaume. The tiny town has a sleepy feel but all the French essentials – cute cafés, excellent delicatessens and an old Château. It’s a quiet contrast to the hive that is Huttopia Lac de Sillé.
72140 Sillé Le Guillaume, Pays de la Loire, FranceTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Huttopia F.Joined in December 2016
From the host
The ideal destination for families looking for active outdoor holidays by the water. Huttopia Lac de Sillé campsite and its swimming pool are located in the heart of the forest, right next to Sillé Beach leisure park! Huttopia Lac de Sillé campsite is nestled in the heart of the forest, on the shores of the lake. The ideal destination to relax in a peaceful setting and enjoy open air activities to the full.
After a busy day of adventures and activities, take a dip in the heated pool, relax on the terrace of the Snack Wagon, get together in the lounge area, play petanque, or simply relax under the tall leafy trees.
Whether as a group, a family, or a couple, you can camp the way you like best. Spacious pitches in the forest or wood and canvas safari tents for a holiday with all the comforts… there is plenty of choice at Huttopia Lac de Sillé campsite.
Huttopia Lac de Sillé campsite is also part of Sillé-Plage green park, a site which includes 3,500 hectares of forest, several lakes, and a swimming area. Enjoy the shaded, lifeguarded beach to relax and unwind, surrounded by miles of forests. For the more active, it is also a great opportunity to try out water sports and other sports activities of all kinds: Boat trips, fishing, the little tourist train, zip lines, mini golf, horse riding, archery, rock climbing, canoeing and kayaking…
Huttopia Lac de Sillé is alongside the Sillé Beach activity park, with its 3,500 hectares of forest, lakes and Coco Beach swimming area. If you've brought bikes or rent them from the site, then there are ample trails to follow. Pick up maps and ideas at reception. It's 2 km to Sillé Le Guillaume (0033 2 43 20 10 32) where you should pop your head into the Collegiate Church of Our Lady of Assumption and the Château of Sillé – two magnificent historical monuments. Le Mans (0033 2 43 28 17 22) is further away (30km), so you'll need to take the car, but worth a visit. Its compact historical quarter – the Plantagenet City – can all be explored easily on foot and the encircling Roman walls are often considered to be the best preserved of the late Roman Empire in Europe.
Food and drink
The snack wagon offers simple food that you can eat on the terrace overlooking the pool or take away. It is open on the May bank holiday weekends (English and French) and throughout July and August. There's a small grocery store in the reception area and bread and croissants are available to order in advance. For something elsewhere walk (or drive) to Sillé Le Guillaume where there are plenty of options.